Miman told the Saudi Gazette newspaper that Abu Sin made “enticing videos" that “became famous” and negatively affected Saudi Arabia’s image in the world.He added that police had received requests from the Saudi public to have Abu Sin reprimanded.
“Abu Sin was jailed for violating decency and religious values,” Lt.
Fawaz al-Miman, a police spokesman in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, told the Al Arabiya news website.
In one video exchange, Abu Sin — a nickname that means “the toothless one” because he had crooked front teeth — is wearing a black baseball hat flipped sideways. (Police told local media that Abu Sin is 19, but some have questioned that.) "Christina, I love you,” says Abu Sin in broken English. Virtually all public spaces are segregated, and most women wear head-to-toe black abayas as well as veils covering their face and hair.
Unmarried men and women who mingle romantically often face harassment, heavy fines, even arrest at the hands of the religious police.
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Neither Christina, a beauty and lifestyle vlogger, or You Now have commented on the arrest.
Saudi Arabia is known to have made several arrests linked to You Tube videos and social media use, including of men who filmed themselves giving out “free hugs” in Riyadh.
Nevertheless, Saudi authorities arrested him late last month for “unethical behavior” because of the chats, according to Saudi media outlets.